In 1960 Germany, Army lawyer Major Steve Garrett is assigned to defend four American soldiers charged with raping 16 year-old Karin Steinhof. She was swimming in a nearby river when the four of them came across her and they were soon arrested thereafter. Maj. Garrett is anything but impressed with his clients but his job is to give them the best defense possible. He tries to obtain a plea bargain but Karin's father flatly refuses and the prosecutor, Colonel Jerome Pakenham, is seeking the death penalty. In order for the death penalty to be applied, the defense attorney must have the opportunity to thoroughly examine the victim under oath. He sympathizes with Karin and does his best to convince Karin father to keep her from testifying. When he refuses, Garrett is left will little choice but to attack her on the stand.
The Story of What Four Men Did To a Girl... And What the Town Did To Them!
Did You Know?
(Private Joey Haines) was a Texas-born American expatriate who was a disc jockey with AFN while serving with the U.S. Army in West Germany. After his enlistment ended in the late 1950s, Sondock stayed in Europe and became famous as a master of ceremonies and radio host at Westdeuscher Rundfunk (WDR) in Cologne. He hosted a very popular American music show on WDR, "Mal Sondock's Hit-Parade". His American-accented German endeared him to his vast audience. He passed away from a long illness in Cologne in 2009, at the age of seventy-five. See more
When the two officers are dismissed from the Courts Marshall by challenge by Kirk Douglas's character; as they leave they salute court. Soldiers don't not render hand salutes indoors; to salute indoors is accomplished by coming to attention, and or if carrying a weapon, presenting arms. See more
Col. Jerome Pakenham
This is no cross-examination! It's a circus!
Referenced in Mr. Belvedere: Sweet Charity
Town Without Pity
Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Lyrics by Ned Washington
Sung by Gene Pitney See more